CRANFORD – Dr. Barbara Gaba, Union County College Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the Elizabeth Campus, has been named the next President of Atlantic Cape Community College located in southern New Jersey. At the Dec. 20, 2016, meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Gaba was officially announced as the next president.
Since 2002, Dr. Gaba has served as Provost and Associate Vice President at Union County College. She is responsible for the overall operations of the College’s campus in Elizabeth. As chief academic officer and administrator of the campus she provided leadership, vision and strategic direction to the campus and its faculty, students and programs. Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin stated, “I offer my most sincere congratulations to Dr. Gaba as she ascends to the presidency of Atlantic Cape Community College. She has played a major role in the success of countless Union County College students. She will be missed.”
Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said, “It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Barbara Gaba throughout her 14 years as Provost of the Elizabeth Campus of Union County College. She was a strong advocate for the College and most particularly the students. She will be missed but I wish her the very best in her new role as President of Atlantic Cape Community College.”
In her role as president, Dr. Gaba will be responsible for carrying out the College’s vision of becoming the region’s preferred choice for higher education, professional training, and to serve as a leading catalyst for economic and workforce development. She will also work with the College to fulfill the region’s educational needs, help strengthen the area’s economy, and development partnerships with K-12 and higher education institutions to create seamless educational pathways. Dr. Gaba will serve a three year term beginning on Jan. 30, 2017, running through June 30, 2020.
Prior to her appointment at Union County College, Dr. Gaba served as dean of Academic and Student Support Services at Camden County College and associate director of the Office of Board Affairs and Government Relations at the New Jersey Department of Higher Education. She has extensive experience in higher education administration, teaching and research in the areas of academic master planning; policy development; student services; strategic planning; workforce development; budget development; grant writing; institutional accreditation and academic governance.
Dr. Gaba serves on several higher education boards of directors and advisory bodies including the Chair Academy for Leadership and Development International Practitioners Board; National Council for Black American Affairs, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges; Advisory Board for “Dean and Provost,” a national higher education newsletter; and the New Jersey Women in Higher Education Network.
She also currently serves as a Commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, and is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the LINCS Supply Chain Management Consortium. She has also served as a Middle States Team Evaluator.
Dr. Gaba is active in community and civic affairs. She has served on the boards of the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Elizabeth. Currently she sits on the boards of the United Way of Greater Union County, YWCA of Eastern Union County, and Family and Children’s Services.
She is also the recipient of several awards, including the “Woman of Excellence in Higher Education” given by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women, “Exemplary Leader Award” from the Chair Academy for Leadership and Development, and the Rotary Foundation “District Service Award.”
Dr. Gaba received her Ph.D. from Bayero University, her master’s degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.